Recently, White House spokesman Josh Earnest, while expressing the administration’s concerns about comments made by Prime Minister Netanyahu during his campaign for reelection, uttered the phrase, “words mean things.” I thought I may have been hallucinating, but I later confirmed that he had indeed said that by reading news accounts.
I can’t help but ask – since when have words meant anything beyond momentary expediency to this bunch?
Did words matter when Mr. Obama was telling anyone who would listen that, if you liked your health insurance plan, or your doctor, you could keep them? Or when he said that insurance premiums would drop by $2400 per year if Obamacare were imposed? Or the language in the Obama-care law that specifies that only those who acquire coverage via state exchanges would be eligible for subsidies? How about when he said that marriage was rightly seen and the union of one man and one woman? Or when he asserted on numerous occasions that, as President, he didn’t have the authority to do executive amnesty?
Perhaps more to the point, do Obama and his team think that the words of Hamas and their sponsors in Iran calling for the elimination of the state of Israel mean anything? What about the fact that Hamas has NEVER demonstrated any legitimate interest in any two-state solution? The Obama regime’s recent behavior, the treating of the leadership in Iran is if it’s trustworthy and legitimate while threatening to side with Palestinians against Israel in the U.N., would seem to suggest that those words really don’t matter.
No, Mr. Earnest must have simply misspoken. If words did truly matter to this administration, our government would not be “negotiating” nuclear agreements with principles of a government that even democrats in congress characterize as being as trustworthy as rattle snakes. We’d insist that Iran and governing entities among Palestinians begin to articulate words that acknowledge the legitimacy of the state of Israel, and a commitment to peaceful coexistence, and then even demonstrate behavior consistent with those words, before even considering any such negotiations.
In spite of Mr. Earnest’s assertion that words mean things, it’s crystal clear that the words of sponsors of terror don’t mean much of anything to this administration (this begs the question – if we dismiss their often-stated wishes of death to Israel and the West, how can we on the other hand trust and believe they will hold to any agreement on their nuclear program), but those words apparently do mean something to Israeli voters, and that, no doubt, explains much of Mr. Netanyahu’s margin of victory in his reelection.
Earnest’s statement does highlight a striking contrast between the petulant Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu – words spoken by one of them do mean something.